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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Washington Allston, American (Georgetown, SC 1779 - 1843 Cambridge, MA)
Study for "Belshazzar's Feast"; verso: Studies for "Angel Releasing Saint Peter from Prison"
Other Titles
Former Title: Study for "Belshazzar's Feast" verso: Study of heads, figures and drapery
Former Title: Belshazzar's Feast: Study
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on composition board
64.2 x 86.4 cm (25 1/4 x 34 in.)
To the artist's wife Martha Dana Allston at his death, 1843; to the Washington Allston Trust, 1862.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from The Washington Allston Trust
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Edgar P. Richardson, Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1948), p. 202, no. 101, pl. XXXVIII

Russell Lynes, The Art-Makers of Nineteenth-Century America, Atheneum (New York, NY, 1970), p. 92, ill. p. 93

William H. Gerdts and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "A Man of Genius": The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843), exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1979), p. 191, cat. 42, ill.

David Bjelajac, Millennial Desire and the Apocalyptic Vision of Washington Allston, Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, DC and London, 1988), p. 105- 107, fog. 28, pl. VIII

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 62-63, cat. 18, ill.

Exhibition History

Four Boston Masters, Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley, 04/10/1959 - 05/11/1959; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 05/19/1959 - 06/26/1959

"A Man of Genius": The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 12/12/1979 - 02/03/1980; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 02/28/1980 - 04/27/1980

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